Quality Debt: Is Your Project Going Bankrupt?

W6     Start Time : 11:00     End Time : 11:45

Every decision we make during the course of a project can affect the quality of the final product. The compromises we often make in functionality, design, or implementation invariably comes with a cost, which must be paid. Without an adequate measure of the debt a product is carrying, no strategy to repay it can be formulated, and the project may ultimately become bankrupt, affecting your business case, your users’ productivity, and your organisation’s bottom line. Taking from the concept of technical debt, this presentation gives it a quality twist. “Quality debt” is the cost in time and money paid by the system’s users through lost productivity due to inefficient functionality.

The presentation first introduces the audience to the concept of Technical Debt (which is not understood by most testers) and then turns that premise into a means that testers can use to understand the impact that decisions on quality will have in real time and money terms. Vitally, once that impact is understood, measured, and tracked, that information can be used to communicate the impact to key project or business stakeholders in terms that they understand and immediately resonate with, thus providing them with the information they need to make important decisions regarding their business.

A Quality Debt principle is valuable and can be applied regardless of development methodology; with each having its own strengths and weaknesses in controlling Quality Debt.

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  • Speaker

  • Jordan Setters - Test Consultant, Planit Software Testing LTD, New Zealand

    A Test Consultant for Planit Software Testing, Ltd. in New Zealand, Jordan Setters has been in software testing for thirteen years in both the public and commercial sectors. Jordan has worked with companies as diverse as Telecom NZ, testing their capacity to lawfully intercept communications for law enforcement agencies; Transpower NZ, helping implement a new electricity market system to manage New Zealand’s national power grid; and the Ministry of Social Development. Jordan is proud of his hands on approach to testing. A proponent of pragmatic testing approaches, Jordan is passionate about achieving the best possible system for the users, using whatever means and methods necessary.